Village of Freeport residents being told to avoid contact with water

Residents of Freeport have been told to touch or drink the water.

FREEPORT, MICH. - UPDATE, 5:15 p.m. Oct. 28: The DEQ gave a warning to Freeport residents. It explained that raw water from the Little Thornapple River mixed with firefighting foam, which was pumped into th water supply through a fire hydrant. 

The foam does not contain flourinated compounds, but it can cause irritation if exposed to skin or swallowed. The water quality of the river is unknown. 

They are advising that residents use bottled water for "drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, bathing and preparing food" until further notice. 

They anticipate resolving the problem as soon as possible.

ORIGINAL STORY: Residents in the Village of Freeport are being told to avoid contact with their water.

According to the city's Facebook Page, a valve failure during a commercial structure fire caused fire retardant to breach the water system.

City officials are telling residents to avoid contact with water until further notice.

Drinking water will be available at the Freeport Fire Department.

The DEQ has been notified of the situation. Further information will be posted on the Freeport Village website.

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